Friday, June 21, 2024

New Hills Shire pool making energy efficient waves

The Hills Shire Council’s new Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre is making energy efficient waves before it has even opened its doors for business.

The $55-million facility, which is set to open in the second half of 2022, has been fitted with a range of energy efficient equipment to reduce on greenhouse gas emissions and save costs.

So far, a 99kW solar system has been installed on the roof of the Fitness and Aquatic Centre to energise pool equipment and high-efficiency LED lighting has been used throughout the building for their efficient and long-lasting ability. The energy efficient globes will use approximately 75% less electricity and emit the same amount of light.

In addition to this, the Centre has been built with double glazing to assist with thermal insulation, and heat recovery systems and pool blankets will also be used to keep the pools warm, especially during the cooler months, Council said in a statement today.

A large water storage tank (approximately 20,000 litres) has been installed to capture rainwater and this will be used for irrigation purposes, and two electric car charging stations are currently being installed, it said.

The facility has also been fitted out with a high efficiency/ low maintenance filtration system and variable speed drive motors, that are friendly on energy usage.

“As part of our plans, we’ve identified energy improvements that can be made at Waves. This will reduce our reliance on high-use electricity, improve efficiency and save money that could be better spent elsewhere in our community,” said Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi (pictured).

“This is not only a giant leap forward in the environment space, but also a game-changer for fitness and aquatic centres everywhere.

“It’s a win-win for our residents and the environment, and it’s another great example of Council delivering on its commitments,” he said.

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